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Philosophy Research Guide: Home

Guide to useful tools when doing research in the field of Philosophy and Ethics.


The library has lots of resources for people doing research in the area of Philosophy.   This guide will point out the ones that I think will be most useful in helping you do research.

If you have any ideas about how to make this guide better, please get in contact with me (my contact information is just to the right).

Quick Quiz

Cogito, Ergo Sum.  What does it mean?  (Hint check one of our  Dictionaries to learn the answer -  then answer the question!)

Quick Quiz
Speak the Truth with Love: 0 votes (0%)
Imagination is more Important than Knowledge: 0 votes (0%)
I Think Therefore I Am: 3 votes (100%)
Be The Change you want to See in the World: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3

Introduction to Research Tools in Philosophy

 A good place to start your research is by using an Encyclopedia or Dictionary to learn more about your topic.  An Encyclopedia Article in particular will enable you to understand the topic better, and should also provide you with some key terms (i.e. subject headings) that you can use in your research.   Once you have a better understanding about your topic, you can then look for books and articles. They will likely be the most important resources you use in your research.

To find Books use the library catalog.

To find Journal Articles use a philosophy database like Philosopher's Index

While this guide has separate sections providing more detail about specific tools, some  of the most highly used tools for Religious Studies are listed below: